This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Spinelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Thanksgiving has arrived and with it the Ontario fall harvest, filling our farmer’s markets, plates, and stomachs with roast meats, squash, fall veggies, fruit pies and preserves. It’s also a great season for wine pairing, with plenty of herbs and spices being used throughout the meal. The fun, and the challenge, is finding the right wine to match all the culinary action. This year, try Spinelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, a charming red to highlight all the flavours of the season.

Tasting Notes: Light and juicy, Spinelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo has plenty of red berry, plum, herb and violet notes to pick up something in every dish on your Thanksgiving table!

Enjoy With: Roasted or smoked poultry and cranberry sauce, herbs and stuffing, bacon and green beans, spices and sweet potato, or oven-roasted veggies.

Style: A dry, light-to-medium bodied, fruity red wine.

Terroir/Region: In the Italian region of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, the main grape is, wait for it… Montepulciano. A red grape with the same name as the region sounds easy to remember right? But the wine world is never that easy since there is also Vino Nobile de Montepulciano from Tuscany which uses the Sangiovese grape. When you’re shopping, you have to know your Montepulcianos!

Producer: The Spinelli family is described as authentic Abruzzi: feet on the land and looking to the future. “Feet on the land” expresses the deep knowledge of the land the family is from and what it can produce. By looking ahead, it has brought its wines to the world and built a passionate following of wine lovers wherever it goes.

Availability: Spinelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is available in two sizes in the Italy section of your local LCBO and also available for online ordering. The magnum size is perfect for family gatherings. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Price:  $8.75; $19.95 

LCBO #: 454629; 588988

Size: 750 mL; 1500mL

Alcohol Content: 13% alc./vol.